Nunchaku Uke and Atemi

Nunchaku Uke There are only a few effective blocks that can be performed with the weapon. The weapon is normally considered to be an offensive, not defensive weapon. Nonetheless, there are some blocks with which you will want to become familiar. Perhaps the most obvious block is to hold one stick in each hand using Read More …

Orange Belt Renraku Uke No Waza

“” means combination, so all of the blocks in the curriculum refer to blocks done in combination. At this level in your training blocking combinations will usually involve two hands. Blocks may involve blocking with one hand and then blocking immediately with another ( Uke), or may involve both hands blocking simultaneously ( Uke). In Read More …

Yellow Belt Inside Blocks

These are blocks that generally travel from the outside edge of your toward your on an inward trajectory. This is often referred to as a or outside initiated movement. So, the Chudan Uke described below could also accurately be described (and often is by other martial arts systems) as Soto Chudan Uke in some circumstances, Read More …

Kihonteki Kata

Students who are studying to achieve the Yellow Belt ranking must learn and become proficient at performing two Tensoku Ryu . These Kata (forms) are designed to reinforce knowledge of fundamental blocking and striking methods but also provide training on some stance work, guard positioning, , and angles. These two Kata were created by Richard Read More …

Kihonteki Shodan Kata

Kihonteki Shodan is an introductory Kata intended to focus attention on angles, two basic stances, and fundamental blocks that every student should master. The Kata is also used to drill home the importance of having the hands in proper guard position. This Kata is sometimes referred to as the Blocking Set, but the Kihonteki Shodan Read More …

Jo Uke

Blocking with the Jo might seem relatively simple, but there are numerous things that must be considered when contemplating such a block.  The first consideration is what you are blocking.  This not only refers to the type of strike being employed against you, but the type of weapon as well.  Some blocks may work well Read More …

Angular and Tangential Velocities

Angular Velocity is a measure of how quickly something moves about a fixed point. In other words, how quickly something moves about the circumference of a circle. The speed of this movement is normally measured in radians or degrees per unit of time, most commonly seconds (though if you were measuring the movement of stars Read More …

Rotational Delivery

Within Tensoku Ryu when we issue a block we want to ensure the block makes contact with the opponent using what we refer to as rotational delivery. This method of blocking provides many benefits often not considered or available with typical blocking methodologies. We will cover these basic delivery mechanisms for this blocking style and Read More …

Blocks, Checks, and Parries

There is often some confusion about the differences between blocks, checks, and parries. This is understandable since these are often employed using similar movements and because what starts out as a block could turn into a check or parry. Likewise a parry might evolve into a block or check. Let’s begin by describing each type Read More …

Maintaining an Effective Guard Position

Another essential element of Tensoku Ryu training is keeping your guard in an effective position to afford you the best self-protection possible.  Many traditional martial arts styles, including most Karate systems, place their hands in what is often called “Set Position”.  A hand in Set Position is formed into a fist (usually, but not always), Read More …